VIDEO: Poignant tribute for heroes

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets this morning to pay their respects and remember the sacrifices made by the region’s war heroes.

Poignant services attended by veterans, cadets and service men and women were held across Hartlepool and East Durham at 11am to mark Remembrance Sunday.

In Hartlepool, three services were held including one at Victory Square in the town centre and the Headland War Memorial.

The Victory Square service was conducted by Rev Val Towler who addressed the crowd from the steps of the War Memorial.

A parade led by the Sea Cadets Band left the Market Square, behind York Road, at 10.45am to mark the start of the service in Victory Square.

Rev Towler said: “We are here to remember the dedication and the sacrifice of those that have served in the armed forces during the world wars and those that have followed.

“To honour them and to be inspired by them to work for peace.”

Also in attendance was Chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, Mayor Stuart Drummond, civic dignitaries, council officers and senior police and fire officers.

After the thirty minute service there was a “march past” and a salute of the war memorial.

Mayor Drummond said: “The Remembrance Sunday service seems to get busier every year which is great to see.

“It is a very important day for the town and for the country.”

Meanwhile, the Headland service was conducted by Rev Chris Collison from St Hilda’s Church and vice-chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, Labour councillor Kevin Cranney was among the crowd.

There was also an 11am service at the memorial at the Green, in Seaton Carew.

The Victory Square and Headland service were organised by the Combined Ex-Service Associations in co-operation with Hartlepool Borough Council.

Meanwhile, there was a host of services taking place across East Durham with a service at St Cuthbert’s church in Peterlee and a memorial at Memorial Park, in Horden.

There were also services in Easington Colliery, Easington Village, Shotton Colliery, Blackhall, Hesleden and Thornley.

FULL coverage of the services will appear in Monday’s Mail.